The Galaxie in 1964 looks different from last year with the sloped roof introduced in the ’63 ½ models and the exterior is more sculptured and aerodynamic looking thanks to NASCAR testing. The interior as well has many changes for the last of this body design. The Ford Motor corporation quality control is about as good as it could be and most of these cars will make 100,000 miles before any major repairs could be needed. The Ford Galaxie has a good year in 1964 and their sales eclipse the other big three competitors numbers with the deserved reputation of having a low sticker price, comfort, good handling, and durability for all models.
The biggest selling Ford in ’64 is the Galaxie XL hardtop coupe and this is still a popular model for collectors. The basic XL has the 289 V8 with a new style thin shell bucket seat designed for driver comfort, as well lap belts are mandatory in 1964 for the two outside front seats. The high performance option is the 427 cu in (7.0 L) and this same engine in the Galaxie does well at the tracks around North America but the car is still too heavy and the new light weight Fairlane Thunderbolt does better with the same engine. There is another engine that Ford Galaxie had introduced late in ’64 for racing at NASCAR; the SOHC 427 “Cammer” was possibly the most powerful engine ever put into a production car by a North American manufacturer and is rated at over 600 hp (450 kW). NASCAR had a change in rules and this engine never went into large scale production because Ford was afraid of being held liable it was never sold to the public – officially – but there is a big possibility that a few Galaxies with these engines are out there somewhere in the hands of the public.
The 1965 Galaxie 500 has an all new body style, it is taller and wider with a stacked 2+2 headlight system with the XL designation dropped the 500LTD is the top model now. The engines are the same except for the six – it was dropped and an all new 240 cu in (3.9 L) is the smallest. The interior is much the same but the instrument cluster is altered somewhat and Ford introduces the double sided key. The new models have redesigned suspension – a three link style with all coils springs and the handling improves dramatically
In 1966 Ford introduces a new model; the Galaxie 500 7 liter with a 428 cu in (7.0 L) Thunderbird V8 engine. This year an am/fm radio is an option as is the dash mounted emergency brake light but the front and rear lap belts are mandatory now.
The7 liter no longer carries the Galaxie name in 1967 except on the VIN number and some of the trim part numbers still say Galaxie. The car has a rounder, less boxy look with a new grill that has a large bend in the center. The interior has a padded center hub in the steering wheel as well as other padded surfaces with reassessed dash controls and there are shoulder belt anchors installed awaiting the shoulder belt law. The latest in technology is available this year; it is an eight track tape deck The engine options are all the same but the duel master brake cylinders and back up lights as standard equipment.
For 1968 the grill is changed and the headlights are no horizontally mounted and the car sports side marker lights this year. The standard engine offered is now a 302 cu in (4.9 L) and other standard equipment includes courtesy lights, cigarette lighter, suspended gas pedal, and padded front seat backs. This year the steering wheel is again different and all the Ford products have a soft bar running through the wheels diameter with a plastic horn blowing ring.
The Dodge Dart is not exactly the most obvious choice for a muscle car, but it had some nice power versions capable of shattering the muscle car world with its compact appearance and stature. Here the 1973 Dart 340 goes against the C5 Corvette. The tricked out Dart easily destroyed the ‘Vette in a...
Dart 340 six pack was one of the strongest runners,next to the 426 six pack,would give any car a run for their money!
I'm a Mopar guy 64 Dodge 440 daily driver wide block 318 no Hot Rod by any means 4 door but the guys in the Mopar Club locally I've got some scary stuff Mopar has earned itself a name for a reason and I do like a little bit of everybody else I'm not so completely exclusive
Looks more like a Duster to me. I think I’m right.
The 340 dodge was a strong engine stock from the factory. Plus that dart weight much lighter,
no its not stock stupid .and the guy in the vett does not know how to drive and the dart had a better rolling start as well
A lot of people underestimate the little 340 I guess he's just another man that learned a lesson
Rolling start? I'd say Corvette driver needs to learn how to drive A LOT better! And it's NOT a Dart, it's a Duster.
Brother had a 67 Coronet 440 RT,ate 426 hemis.for lunch! Know that I will probably catch some flakes for that, but it's tru it's tru!
Friend had a 340 six pack Dart Swinger fantastic little motor! Another had a 340 Cuda great car,outrran the Gestapo on several occasions!
Had a friend who stuffed a 340 into a AMC Gremlin. Needless to say, he Pro-Streeted that thing.
340 LA engine was a great small block Mopar!
My first car was a 73 dodge dart 340
73 NOTHING had any power left. No way it's stock
Bye Bye C5
Just a Corvette, so No big deal to start with.73' Dart with 340 , steel crack , double roller chain, purple shaft , six pack ... pretty untouchable ,)
The dart "left" first. The Vette was already 3rd or 4th and the Vette owner was on the gas a full second after the Dart. The Dart pulled out 2 car lengths and then they were both accelerating at the same speed. I think if the drivers switched cars the dart would be the one behind taking the vid.
Only 1 knew how to drive.
I know mine with a little modification really scooted!
I know mine was a Duster but essentially the same, both 340s
If you listen closely.. You can here the supercharger winding up on that 340..
Not completely, but it don't take much, them are bad outfits, that's a kid's car vs a real car.
For drag racing you need to have a lot of driving skills, otherwise, Showdown is very easy to end up in this way. The driver of the new Ford Mustang 5.0, definitely not thinking that this Showdown will pass so bad. Watch the video and See for yourself.
I guess if you can't race without wrecking your car you need driving lessons, or you should not be racing, I was in the hay days of muscle cars in the 60's, we had places we raced out of town, country roads we would Mark a quarter mile with white paint, I have been in and watched more street racing than I could count, I never even once seen anyone wreck, a lot of getting loose at times almost getting your quarter panel into the other guy from getting loose, before I went Mopar in 66 I was a Chevy man, I had a 62 Impala, 409, 2/4's it was one wicked car, a guy in town had a 57 Chevy, 327, 375 HP, his daddy had money his was built not sure of what was done internal, but headers, super big cam, anyway he said he would blow me away, he said I don't know what is under your hood and don't care because you don't have a chance, well when we lined them up I raised my hood I had a small bolt like with a hole that I could put a cotter pin in, the way I adjusted the linkage on my carbs it wasn't vacuum it was progressive linkage, soon as you touched the pedal and hit it both carbs would come in, he got nervous wanted to see I shut the hood, but probably the most exciting race I have ever been in, we nailed it, I jumped him about a two foot in first gear, all the way through the race, I can still smell the rubber and smoke, we were so close I stayed about two foot ahead almost fender to fender, we both would power shift the 4 speeds almost like we were in zinc, but yes I beat him by about a half fender length, nobody never beat me, until one night a 64 Plymouth comes out, to this day I don't know what he was running under his hood, we raced three times Everytime he beat me by about a car length, oh I had street tire's, he had 7 inch street Slick's, but I would say he either had a 426 max 2/4's or maybe a Hemi, in 66 I went Mopar ,66 Dodge Coronet muscle car 383, 4 speed, 3.91 gear, one wicked 66 !
IT'S A FORD. NO BIG DEAL. JUNK!
Shit driver. I'd love to know what his suspension set up was if any at all. One less shit heel on the road...
To fast for the driver.
Street car with street tires. Happens all the time